leave-tak·​ing ˈlēv-ˌtā-kiŋ How to pronounce leave-taking (audio)

Examples of leave-taking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How can a child understand this kind of leave-taking? Stephanie Zacharek, TIME, 26 Jan. 2024 With Nitti’s leave-taking, McEntire sent home Noah Spencer and Ms. Monet, with Ruby Leigh, Jordan Ranier and Jacquie Roar moving on to the live shows. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 28 Nov. 2023 Forest fires were lowering human birth weights, zoo chimpanzees in Kyoto enjoy virtual forests, and the chimpanzees of the Bossou community are formal in their greetings but unceremonious in their leave-taking. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Feb. 2022

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'leave-taking.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of leave-taking was in the 15th century

Cite this Entry

“Leave-taking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leave-taking. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an act of going away
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!